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Cost of Living

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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Washington, District of Columbia is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Washington, District of Columbia is more expensive.

Overall, Washington, District of Columbia cost of living is 154.00.

  COST OF LIVINGWashington, District of ColumbiaUnited States
  Overall  154100
  Grocery  112.6100
  Health  102100
  Housing  255100
  Utilities  114100
  Transportation  108100
  Miscellaneous  101100


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Washington, D.C. has become more walkable in the past 5... (read more)
The DC income tax is very high because 10% of the taxpayers pay 90% of the taxes. This is primarily due to the liberal social programs of the district and the number of... (read more)
All-Day Traffic Restricts Your Flexibility -- Espe
Washington is a nice place to live and work, for the most part. Expensive, but lots of options. However, for a retiree, the traffic really restricts your enjoyment. ... (read more)
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Washington, DC
I've been in DC for 10 yrs now. It's a great place to live, if can afford it. I'm a Chicago native. I came to DC by way of Military.DC was my final duty station. After... (read more)
Living in the Capital is OK, but I want more than
DC is great if you want to work for the federal government and dream of a career in "public service." But if politics is not your passion or special interest, you may be... (read more)
re: Rich People, Poor People...30 Years in DC Area
I'm a native. I grew up in the city and now live in the suburbs. While I can't say that what you've written is inaccurate, it is still unfair to paint the people in this... (read more)
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